The rv.gl domain

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The rv.gl domain

Unread post by URV » Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:45 pm

Next month, the rv.gl domain will expire. This domain was bought by Kiwi 1-2 years ago and we have been using it since then to create convenient hostnames for people (for instance, players could memorize and connect to "u.rv.gl" when joining my sessions, instead of having to copy-paste my own IP). It's a small thing, but it's very nice to have, as it gives the event information a slightly more professional flair and it's less of a privacy concern than directly posting our IPs.

Kiwi is no longer willing to maintain this domain, and the plan is for me to take ownership of the domain before it expires. Unfortunately, the bad news is that it would cost 54 euro per year to maintain. I do not consider this a worthwhile investment for me to handle alone, and so I would like to ask how many people within the community would be willing to donate money for this website. In exchange, I have a couple of ideas on how we could extend the purpose of the website so the rest of the community could make use of it:
► Access to rv.gl hostnames
► RVGL Café - personal websites
For the time being, I just want to hear some feedback and to see if there's enough interest in donating towards this domain. If you wish to help out with the site costs, send me a message in this thread, through a private message, or on Discord (URV#9830) along with how much money you would be willing to donate. Once I know for sure there is enough interest to cover the costs, I will contact everyone and provide a PayPal link. I'm also open to any ideas about how to make use of this domain.

On the off-chance that there is not enough interest, then we will likely just stick to some other website for our hostnames, such as noip.com. The only loss would be that the IPs won't be as short anymore (e.g.: u.rv.gl is a lot faster to type than urv.sytes.net), nor as nice. :P
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Re: The rv.gl domain

Unread post by 607 » Sat Oct 26, 2019 8:58 am

I think this would be quite doable. Of course, we do also have re-volt.io and revoltzone.net to care for, but we've got quite some dedicated members in the community, many of which are adults. Let's suppose these three together cost 150 euro a year to maintain; in that case, supposing there are 10 members willing and able to contribute, one person would only have to donate 15 euro on average per year. That's a bit over a euro for a month.
Of course one could question how useful or important the rv.gl domain is, though. I think it's nice. I rarely host myself, but if I do it would be nice to be able to use 607.rv.gl from now on, instead of 4 strings of numbers. It also looks a lot better in the official session overview.
It might seem better to donate to charities instead, I suppose... but if we're already doing that, I feel like it should be fine to contribute to something closer to our own interests as well.
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Re: The rv.gl domain

Unread post by URV » Wed Oct 30, 2019 4:16 pm

I would like to give my thanks to everyone who donated: we've well surpassed the goal and have nearly enough to cover next year's payment as well! Feel free to get in touch with me if you'd still like to contribute, but I would advise donating to RVIO or RVZ instead, as those are definitely more important.

Kiwi and I will work on transferring the ownership to me on November 9. If it goes smoothly, I will gladly accept any requests for rv.gl hostnames right away. You may request them in this thread, via PM or through Discord.
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Re: The rv.gl domain

Unread post by 607 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:06 pm

Oh, already? I thought
URV wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:45 pm
[o]nce [you] know for sure there [was] enough interest to cover the costs, [you] [would] contact everyone and provide a PayPal link.
Well, I surely don't mind my donation not being necessary. :P
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Re: The rv.gl domain

Unread post by URV » Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:43 pm

Ah, sorry. I couldn't tell from your message whether you were interested in donating. If still you are, I can send you the link, since we're just 10 euro shy from covering next year's payment as well. However, I can also take care of that amount myself (think of it as my own donation), hence why I'd say RVIO or RVZ would be the better options now.
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Re: The rv.gl domain

Unread post by 607 » Fri Nov 01, 2019 11:20 am

URV wrote:
Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:43 pm
Ah, sorry. I couldn't tell from your message whether you were interested in donating. If still you are, I can send you the link, since we're just 10 euro shy from covering next year's payment as well. However, I can also take care of that amount myself (think of it as my own donation), hence why I'd say RVIO or RVZ would be the better options now.
Ah, sorry, I didn't understand that with 'everyone' you meant 'everyone who expressed interest'. I thought that if enough people expressed interest, you were going to post the PayPal link on the thread and on Discord or something like that, to reach 'everyone'. :)
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Re: The rv.gl domain

Unread post by URV » Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:18 pm

I did consider posting the PayPal link here, but I didn't want to receive more than it was needed (which happened nonetheless with the half a dozen people who contacted me due to some unexpectedly generous donations). There were also some minor, if not unfounded privacy concerns with posting the link publicly.

That said, one year from now I'll probably set up a donation page along with a progress bar showing how much would be left to reach the target goal, if possible. This time it was a fair bit more informal since I wasn't very sure if there was enough interest in it to warrant more effort.
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